Progressive populist Jim Hightower, a former two-time Texas Agriculture Commissioner, is a writer, commentator, public speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. A former editor of the Texas Observer, Hightower publishes a monthly populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown, that has more than 135,000 subscribers, and writes a newspaper column distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate.
Born in Denison, Texas, Hightower worked for Texas Sen. Ralph Yarborough; co-founded the Agribusiness Accountability Project, a public interest project that focused on corporate power in the food economy; was national coordinator of the 1976 presidential campaign of Oklahoma populist Sen. Fred Harris; and served as director of the Texas Consumer Association before being elected to two terms as Texas Agriculture Commissioner, serving from 1983-1991.
Jim Hightower’s latest book is "Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow," and he is also the author of "Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country and It's Time to Take It Back"; "If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates"; and "There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos."
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